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Spring 2013

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Nantucket Bulletin: Inn & Around Century House

In This Issue

$180 SPECIAL CELEBRATION CENTURY HOUSE 180th ANNIVERSARY

Restaurant Week

Upcoming Events

Artists in Residence

About Century House

Century House Celebrates 180 Years

Innkeepers’ 30th Season

Memories of Innkeepers’ 1st Season

Be Social: Instagram Connect

Passionate about Books & Yoga?

$180 SPECIAL

CELEBRATION

CENTURY HOUSE 180th ANNIVERSARY

 To commemorate its historic vintage, the inn is offering a week night’s stay in a queen private room for $180 plus tax and service during select dates May and June based on last minute availability. Call us at 508-228-0530 on the preceding Sat or Sun to secure your stay the following Mon, Tues or Wed … Innkeeper room pick (or combine the special with a multiple week night stay at standard rates – guest picks the room); no on-line reservation ability.

Restaurant Week

Nantucket Restaurant Week

June 2 – 9

nantucketrestaurantweek.com


Upcoming Events

Nantucket Wine Festival

May 15  – 19, 2013

nantucketwinefestival.com

Nantucket Spring Restaurant Week

June 3 – 9, 2013

nantucketrestaurantweek.com

Nantucket Book Festival

June 20 – 23, 2013

nantucketbookfestival.org

Nantucket Film Festival

June 26 – 30, 2013

nantucketfilmfestival.org

Nantucket Yoga Festival

July 12-14, 2013

nantucketyogafestival.com

Artists in Residence


Mid May experiences that cascading of tulips, daffodils, grape hyacinth, and forsythia, as well as the arrival of Century House participating artist in residence. This Spring the inn starts the Season with the arrival of Matthew Cornell, Kevin Shea, followed by Catherine Elliott, Deborah Leonard, Jennifer Holmes, Kevin McNamara, Dianne P. Miller, Christine Shea, Marla Korr and Mary Valentino. Click on website for their works.

About Century House


Century House dates back to the Cliff Road land purchase in 1833. According to research performed by Edouard A. Stackpole, renowned Nantucket historian and former director of the Peter Foulger Museum, a member of an old Nantucket family of Scottish roots, Captain Robert Calder, built the Century House. Over the years, Capt. Calder took part in several long, successful voyages to hunt whale, and eventually completed the construction of the house in the early 1840’s. It is said that Capt. Calder chose this site because of the privacy, the ocean breezes, the views, and the genuine serenity the location provided in the 1840’s and still exhibits today. According to Mr. Stackpole, the Century House is the oldest continuously operating guesthouse on Nantucket Island to date. www.centuryhouse.com

Century House Celebrates 180 Years


Historic Century House dates back to the Cliff Road land purchase in 1833. According to research performed by the late Edouard A. Stackpole, renowned Nantucket historian and former director of the Peter Foulger Museum, Century House was built by Captain Robert Calder. Capt. Calder, a member of an old Nantucket family of Scottish roots, made several long successful ocean voyages before being rewarded with the captaincy of the whale ship Alto.

In 1836, he set sail for the Indian Ocean around the Cape of Good Hope, returning in 1838. He made a second voyage in the Alto from 1838 to 1840, again to hunt whales in the same area as the tragic tsunami disaster. This gives you some idea of the breath of the search for whales to areas that are today still inaccessible to modern travel. Upon his return he completed the construction of the house in the early 1840’s. It is thought that Capt. Calder chose this site because of the privacy, the ocean breezes, the views, and the genuine serenity the location provided in the 1840’s and still exhibits today.

Innkeepers, JeanE Heron and Gerry Connick came to Century House in 1984, the successful drop outs of corporate America, Gerry a capital equipment manufacturing executive and JeanE a medical systems sales director. The only background they had in the hospitality business was that they both stayed in many five star hotels and dined in the best restaurants, but they loved the freedoms the Century House and the Island of Nantucket presented. They integrated the old historic guesthouse into the B&B era by redecorating Century House to the tastes they were brought up with. They both had spent their childhood in large old homes, and one of their first guidelines became “what do you think Mother and her friends would think? What would Aunt (not A’nt) Marguerite say?” Gerry created a breakfast menu which includes his special granola, unique Irish/Scottish oatmeal, yogurt, island berries, fruit, breads; bagels, english muffins, homemade coffee cake, pastry juices, jams, jellies, teas, and the best perked coffee. In fact, cold drinks, gourmet coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cappuccino, and espresso are available throughout the day. Homebaked chocolate-chip cookies and afternoon snacks roll into cocktail hour and out on to the veranda and patios to watch the sunset, or the fog rolling in and prepare for dinner at one of the close by restaurants.

Innkeepers’ 30th Season


180th Season is a major milestone for Century House. Also Innkeepers JeanE and Gerry celebrate 30 years of innkeeping. Optional Link

Memories of Innkeepers’ 1st Season

WOW! How time flies! Looking back Gerry and JeanE’s first and foremost reflect on the assistance of so many friends and colleagues who helped them realize their dream of leaving corporate America and establishing a bucolic life on Nantucket. They worked  together throughout the years to transform this special place which had fallen into disrepair. While renovations are an ongoing theme at the inn, Spring 1984 saw it’s biggest challenge. – not only with the interior plumbing, electric, painting, wall coverings (yes, some of the wall were of the horse hair variety) and carpentry but also the exterior and grounds (imagine Century House with a total of 1 maple tree, and 1 rose bush stub). As with each of your lives, it took a lot of “blood, sweat, and tears” but we are so grateful to have been given the opportunity to bring this ‘Grand Lady’ into its glory, Season 2013.

“Equally memorable are the connections made with so many Century House guests throughout the years…encouraging us with their enthusiasm about the inn – many returning multiple times, feeling as if Century House is their own vacation home.”

Be Social: Instagram Connect


Instagram is a fabulous place to share photos! Check out our instagram account for photographs posted from around our inn, and the island. We’re sharing the beauty that Nantucket has to offer. instagram.com/centuryhousenantucket

Passionate about Books & Yoga?

Come join in the celebration of two newly added events to Nantucket’s array of Summer Fun. June 21 -23 the Second Annual Nantucket Book Festival takes place on Island featuring an array of talented writers including Dennis Lehane, Ann Leary, Amy Brill and Alice Hoffman reading and discussing their works in intimate settings …check out the website at www.nantucketbookfestival.com for details. Many of the events are free ( … including a hosting of Stargazing Night at the Maria Mitchell Observatory weather permitting Sat night) … and those that are not, are modestly priced.

July 12-14, ushers in the inaugural Nantucket Yoga Festival with the Darma Mittra and an array of yoga instructors and approximately 35 workshops. The Festival is a community orientated event that brings together the very best world class yoga practitioners, wellness experts and healthy living guides in a celebration of the spirit of the Island. Check out the website at www.nantucketyogafestival.com for details…and imagine yourself holding your favorite asana on the beach …maybe “dead man pose”!!!!

Century House • 10 Cliff Road • Nantucket • MA • 02554

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